Children’s Play Area re-opening July 4th 2020

playground advisory

The play area may be used from July 4th,

  • whilst adhering to social distancing and other govt. guidelines.
  • Queue at a safe distance,
  • only one child per piece of apparatus if distancing is not possible. 

The virus could survive long enough on frequently used/touched outdoor surfaces to facilitate transmission.  The equipment will not be cleaned.

  • Please use hand sanitisers or wipes to clean hands and touch points,
  • don’t allow your children to eat or drink whilst visiting the Play Area,
  • don’t leave litter.   

Please be advised using the Play Equipment is done so at your own risk. 

 July  2020 

reopening play area july 4th 2020


Selby Treasures available to view online

Selby Treasures Exhibitions available to view online

Many people came along to the Selby Treasure Exhibition that was hosted in Selby Abbey earlier this year. It was the final event in the Selby 950 programme, celebrating 950 years since the founding of Selby Abbey and featured a specially assembled collection of personal memories and historic objects from Selby people.

During a series of Pop Up Museum events, the people of Selby were asked “if you had to choose one special object for a Museum of Selby what would you choose and why?” The Exhibition showcased some of the answers that were received.

From family history to national events, each object was selected for the story it told. The connection between the object and the storyteller was captured by artist Simon Grennan, through his portraits of people both past and present holding their special objects. Sitting alongside the objects lent by local people were a selection of objects linked to Selby on loan from regional museums.

The exhibition attracted in the region of 2,000 visitors and inspired many people to bring in their objects to share. A small selection of these objects have been added to the virtual exhibition and the rest have been recorded for future reference.

Lead executive member with responsibility for housing, health and culture, Cllr Chris Pearson, commented, “At a time when day trips and heritage visits are restricted, it is great that, thanks to National Lottery Heritage Funding, we’ve been able to take some of the exhibition material from Selby Treasures and make it accessible for everyone. Making the exhibition virtual means we can discover some of Selby’s treasures from the comfort of our own home.”

He added “2019 was a great year for Selby as the town came together to celebrate 950 years since the founding of Selby Abbey. Stories were told; the heritage of the town and its people were brought to life – and the virtual exhibition is a fantastic and fitting legacy.” Visit the website for the Selby Treasures Online Exhibition.

This project has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, as the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded funding to Selby District Council to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events celebrating 950 years since the founding of Selby Abbey.

Notes to Editors

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

This medallion commemorates the cutting of the first ‘sod’ of the Cawood, Wistow and Selby Light Railway on 11July 1896. Mrs Liversedge, the chairman’s wife, performed the ceremony. The line ran for passengers from 1898 to 1930 and closed completely in 1960.

Cawood Grows Together: your help is needed

Unfortunately the lockdown stopped us before we could start our new PC initiative Cawood Grows Together following the retirement of the Cawood in Bloom group.

We are committed to sustainable planting and want to explore community veg growing too. We have tried to fill some gaps, despite recent events. Some containers have herbs, veg and fruit in: even the tiny strawberries are edible. Snip some herbs for your salad, nip off some salad leaves, cross your fingers we get some tomatoes! Next year will be bigger and better, but we are trying to salvage some of our plans this year . . . all  these plants need some TLC and loads of water.

Please help if you can by giving our village plants a drink

Road Safety Project Grant Funding (deadline Aug 31st 2020)

AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund


I wanted to let you know that I have chosen to invest over £190,000 in safety projects across North Yorkshire to make the county’s roads safer for everyone who use them and the communities, like yours, they link.

The money comes from the sale of the AJ1 vehicle registration, the first number plate used in the North of Riding of Yorkshire when marks were introduced in 1903. It was used on the then Chief Constable’s car but was no longer in use. Alongside the Chief Constable, I agreed last year to sell it commercially at auction with the value invested for the good of North Yorkshire.

Part of the money has already been invested in improving the Memorial Garden in the middle of North Yorkshire Police Headquarters at Alverton Court. The remainder will be put into this new ‘AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund’ to fund community road safety projects.

A simple, one-off application process has been set up with a panel established to approve or reject bids and all the details can be found at

Members of the panel will include representatives of the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership, which is made up of North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Highways Agency.

Projects will be asked to focus on improving road safety for children and young people, cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users with bids invited from Councils and other community groups. One-off grants of up to £20,000 can be applied for and bids which include matched funding from other sources will be eligible to receive an additional 10 per cent on top of the amount requested.

Please consider what would make a difference to residents and road users in your community and make an application to this fund.

Please share this information with organisations and groups in your community who you think may be interested. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2020.

With best wishes

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Julia Mulligan

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

small business discretionary grants info

Selby district businesses who have previously missed out on government support could benefit from grants of up to £10,000, as Selby District Council introduces the new Discretionary Business Scheme for small and micro businesses in the area.

The government wants to support as many businesses as possible during this difficult time. They have provided a discretionary fund to all councils to help support their businesses. Selby District Council received £876,750 of funding and has agreed to use it to deliver support to a range of smaller companies.

The grants are designed to support small and micro businesses including those in shared offices and flexible working spaces, regular market traders without business rates assessments, and B&Bs paying Council Tax rather than Business Rates, for example. A full list of eligible businesses is available here.

The size and nature of the business will determine how much funding each business could receive, with grants ranging from £5,000 to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances where a business has high property costs and its failure would have significant impact on the district.

To be eligible, businesses must have been trading since before 11 March and have fewer than 50 employees.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “This is a very difficult time for businesses across the Selby district. So far we’ve been supporting businesses through a range of other government grant schemes, as well as delivering business support ourselves and in partnership with the York and North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership.

“This new scheme will provide small and micro businesses with financial support which they previously haven’t received. Applications can be made through our website.

“The administration of this new scheme is a top priority for us and grant payments will be made as soon as possible”. Full details are available here or by using this link

TEST and TRACE info: be aware of possible scam activity

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The following information has been circulated from the City of London National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

NHS test and trace

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is

Contact tracers will never:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • Ask you to make any form of payment
  • Ask for any details about your bank account
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • Ask you to purchase a product
  • Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
  • Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

There are a couple of new trends emerging that you need to be aware of and please speak to your family and friends about these as well. The more people who are aware, the better protected we are.

NHS Test and Trace emails
We have seen the first phishing email relating to the Test & Trace service. Notably, the fake email refers to the service as ‘track and trace’. The email advises the recipient that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. They are instructed to click on a link in order to find out who that person is and are warned that if they fail to do so within 24 hours, legal action may be taken and their benefits suspended. The email address from which this message is sent is
Please remember that tracers will only ever contact person by phone and NEVER in person. Also this service is free. I am aware of people being contacted by someone claiming to be from the Test and Trace service then asking for £500 for a test to be administered.
Amazon gift card
A new Amazon phishing campaign has emerged claiming to offer recipients the chance to win a £1,000 Amazon gift card. The subject reads: “On the occasion of overcoming the coronavirus, Amazon gives you the gift of victory.” The sender name is spoofed to read ‘ The recipient is instructed to click on a link in order to apply. The link has been identified as malware. It is common for such scams offering free vouchers to ask for a persons bank details. Please be aware and remember ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is!!!

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

Arriva buses update social distancing on board and wearing face masks

From 15th June, face coverings must be worn by all customers on board our buses.

Some customers may be exempt from wearing a face covering. This includes children under the age of 11, people with breathing difficulties and those with health conditions or a disability that might make it difficult to wear a face covering. For more information about face coverings and exclusions, please visit:
Here’s some more advice on wearing a face covering:
– A face covering can be very simple, like a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit. It just needs to cover your mouth and nose. You can find out how to make one here:
– Please put your face covering on before boarding the bus and wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on.
– Please wear your face covering throughout the duration of your journey, including when disembarking the bus.
– If you need a drink or to take medication while travelling, please do so quickly and be mindful of others.
– To keep everyone safe, please store a used face covering in a plastic bag and take it home or dispose of it safely.
– As our drivers sit behind screens, they do not need to wear a face covering while they are in their cab.
– Journey assistance cards are available for all our customers that are exempt. If you feel you would benefit by carrying one with you on board, you can download them here:
In line with the new government guidance, we have implemented social distancing measures on-board our buses to help protect our colleagues and customers. We are asking our customers to please follow these guidelines when travelling with us:
– Leave the aisle seat empty
– Leave an empty row in front and behind you. If travelling with someone from your household, sit together
– Do not sit facing each other
– Seats within 2m of the driver are taped off, however, wheelchair spaces will always remain available
– Please follow our no standing policy
– Once maximum advisory capacity is reached, the driver will put up a “bus full” sign and will only stop when customers wish to alight. The same number of customers alighting can then board